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Darlene Cates!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2017 by joecetta

Actress Darlene Cates got out of the house for the last time today, at the age of 69! Cates is best known for her role as the title character’s mother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The screenwriter first saw Cates on a daytime talk show episode tastefully titled “Too Heavy to Leave Their House,” and offered her a role in the film. Cates had a lifelong battle with her weight, dropping literally hundreds of pounds in recent years after numerous health issues. She also appeared in a number of short films and television shows, including Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel.

And the commissioner is on the move! My second death in the past week slides me up to third overall, with 41 points on my five-year team member Cates. It’s been a slower start than in recent years for the commish, but judging by recent results, I may still have a competitive squad after all.

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

Jean Rouverol!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 by joecetta

Screenwriter and actress Jean Rouverol refused to name names for the last time this weekend, at the age of 100! Rouverol appeared in a number of films in the 1930s, most notably W.C. Fields’ It’s a Gift and Stage Door, before transitioning full time to script writing. She and her husband (American Communist Party members) avoided subpoena from HUAC by moving the family to Mexico in the 50’s, becoming subsequently blackballed, during which time she continued to get scripts made through WGA friends. She would later serve on the Writer’s Guild’s board of directors, and was a head writer on Guiding Light for a time in the 70’s. Okay!

And Kristen G. lands a third death here in the early going of Eleven! These ten points move her up a bunch of spots toward the middle of the pack overall, and jump her up a place in the Delver! Nice work!

Lola Albright!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2017 by joecetta

Actress, singer, and Akron native Lola Albright dramatically paused for an outro to commercials for the last time this week, at the age of 92! Albright is probably best remembered for her co-starring role on Peter Gunn, as the detective’s nightclub singer girlfriend Edie Hart, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1959. She also appeared in dozens of films, including Kid Galahad, The Tender Trap, Pawnee, and Lord Love a Duck, around many episodes of television shows like Peyton Place, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Kojak, The Incredible Hulk, Dr. Kildare, and the Peter Lawford Thin Man adaptation! And she basically retired over thirty years ago! Nicely done!

And Kristin M. scores another death this very lucrative week, further bunching up the higher end of the standings! These 18 points push her to sixth and crowd the top of the Crystal within ten points! Good job!

Replacement pick due by next Friday!

Chuck Barris!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2017 by joecetta

Game show host and international assassin Chuck Barris heard the final gong yesterday, at the age of 87! Drexel alum Barris got his start in pop music, most notably writing the Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park,” before moving into game shows. He created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game for ABC, before rolling out his signature madhouse project The Gong Show, which he also hosted. Giving the world the likes of The Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, Gong ran for four years from 1976 to 1980, followed by a movie (?!) and numerous revivals. Oh, and in his biography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he claimed to be a CIA assassin. It made for a pretty decent movie, anyway!

And Bats scores again, marking the first time he’s pulled down points on consecutive days! These 23 for Barris move him up a spot in the hotly contested Holloway, and jump him to just outside the top five! Well done! Barris got gonged from a bunch of teams over the past ten years – seeing time with fellow Drexel grad Angie (’08), Kozempel (’10), the commish (’11), and Kristen G. for four years (’12-’15) before joining Bats last year.

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

(Incidentally, this does not make six straight days with deaths, as Barris is actually the third person verified as dying yesterday. Rough day!)

Jerry Krause!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2017 by joecetta

“Suck it, Knicks,” Krause was quoted as saying

Basketball executive and baseball scout Jerry Krause made his last shocking draft pick today, at the age of 77! Reviled by his players (well, Jordan, anyway) and contentious with his coaches (well, Phil Jackson, anyway), Krause nevertheless is the primary architect behind the Chicago Bulls six championship run in the 1990s, drafting Scottie Pippin and Horace Grant, trading for Dennis Rodman and Luc Longley, and keeping Phil and Michael together longer than anyone realistically could’ve guessed. Sure, in ’98 it blew up spectacularly, but they had more than a fist’s worth of rings at that point, so who really cared? Two time NBA Executive of the Year Krause bookended his signature gig by doing some baseball scouting for the White Sox, Mets, and Diamondbacks, because why not?

And Jeff nearly matches his entire 2016 total today with his second 33 point score in two weeks! This jumps him up to fourth overall and only a handful back of Capone for the Crystal lead! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

Colin Dexter!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2017 by joecetta

Mystery/crime writer Colin Dexter dangled his final red herring today, at the age of 86! Dexter began writing novels in his 40s, creating Inspector Morse and crafting his adventures across thirteen books and numerous short stories. Most of these were adapted into the very popular ITV show Inspector Morse starring John Thaw for twelve series running between 1987 and 2000, as well as two other spinoff series, all of which you may have caught stateside on…PBS? A&E? One of those channels airing British detective shows. You’re welcome.

And after bouncing around teams for eight years, Dexter lands with Kristin M., scoring her a second tally of the year! Dexter appeared for single years with me (’10), Sam (’12), Sarah (’15), and Kristen G. (’16), and had been with Kristin M. previously in ’13 and ’14, with ’17 as the homecoming! Well done!

This also marks only the second time we’ve seen deaths on five consecutive days in a pool – it also occurred in early November of 2012. This is the first time we’ve had five deaths on consecutive days all from different teams, if you’re really into deep catalog Death Pool trivia. Let’s see if tomorrow new records are set!

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

David Rockefeller!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2017 by joecetta

He doesn’t have what you’d call a “kind face,” so take that as whatever evidence you’d like

Philanthropist and/or shadow government nightmare super figure David Rockefeller either preserved his last museum collection for eternity or single-handedly destabilized an entire region of the globe for the last time today, at the age of 101! The only remaining grandchild of John D. Rockefeller (the reason the name Rockefeller rings any bells, even non-specific ones, to you), David was an understandably wealthy multi-billionaire who parlayed that into unsurprising bank chairmanship (Chase, for the 1970s and change) and covert CIA operative-ship. Multi-billionaire involved in world intrigue and didn’t even bother becoming Batman!? Sounds pretty lazy, guy! And I think it is this non-Batmanness that turned the conspiracy theorists against him, and instead consider him a rich bastard trying to make it richer at most opportunities while the little guy can be damned. But, yeah, he did donate just an outrageous amount of dough to MoMA and Harvard. So what’s to make of the life aggregate here? Eh, probably 51/49 to the good? I don’t know. Why ask me?

And Bats grabs a second death of the year, nine points for his five year team member, sliding him up a few slots in the overall. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!